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  • 4 Days Ago 10:30 PM
    quirkySquirt
    I think the folding solar array would have to be quite large (as in, 3 parking spaces large) to generate a noticeable charge. Imagine if wind just tore your folding array off your Volt? Would be cost prohibitive to create a folding array strong enough to withstand wind gusts. Then there's the "how high off the ground" to avoid clipping tall people in the eyes. Then think of all the bird poop you'd have to deal with accumulating on the array, smooshing and rubbing/scratching your array whenever it folded up. Ewwww....
  • 4 Days Ago 07:01 PM
    GreenMonster
    Why don't we get that tesla solar roof material and have it able to be folded up and then unfolded and spread out on your driveway or a parking lot where you are going to. The extra surface area could charge your car a lot quicker!
  • 4 Days Ago 11:56 AM
    flyingsherpa
    Quote Originally Posted by edk-austin View Post
    You'll find a Volt with dual 100W flexible panels installed on the roof by body shop owner Mika Hardkvist on the FB Volt Owners group.
    I've seen his installation, it's pretty cool. I believe it's not tied into the charging system at all, but powers a separate a/c compressor he mounted (somehow) under the rear bumper. So he basically installed a separate car cooling loop, powered by those two panels. He lives in FL, so his car can keep itself cool all day with no range hit, when it' sunny. Neat demo, but not very practical...
  • 4 Days Ago 10:54 AM
    hellsop
    Quote Originally Posted by Aseras View Post
    To recharge volt at L2 240 in 4 hours cost me $18,000 installed. 24KW system. On airplane hangar.

    My power bills are now -$50.

    ROI is going to be around 12 years.
    Minus the $125k for the Mooney M20K to park in the hanger.
  • 6 Days Ago 07:20 PM
    Aseras
    To recharge volt at L2 240 in 4 hours cost me $18,000 installed. 24KW system. On airplane hangar.

    My power bills are now -$50.

    ROI is going to be around 12 years.
  • 1 Week Ago 11:14 AM
    NinjaVolt
    I think In the 80s Saab had a concept car the had roof integrated solar cells to run the fan to keep the car cooler while parked.
  • 1 Week Ago 10:52 AM
    edk-austin
    You'll find a Volt with dual 100W flexible panels installed on the roof by body shop owner Mika Hardkvist on the FB Volt Owners group.
  • 1 Week Ago 09:13 AM
    llninja
    Quote Originally Posted by Sean-a-Tron View Post
    I bet flexible PV's would work better for aerodynamics and weight. I think those would generate enough to cover my commute to work, which is only 2 miles (0.4'ish kWh). My car is usually in the sunlight all day.
    With such a short commute, you should just drive it like you stole it and try to at least use 1 kWh.
  • 1 Week Ago 08:33 AM
    TheBlueFlash
    The Leaf's have a small solar panel built into the rear spoiler just to trickle charge the 12v. If you read the Leaf forums, the jury is still out on if this has a true measurable impact on the 12v lifespan.

    Now I do like the idea of having a roof top solar panel to power the A/C fan while the car is off on hot sunny days. The last generation Prius had that option and I thought that would have been neat to have in the Volt.
  • 1 Week Ago 08:17 AM
    Sean-a-Tron
    I bet flexible PV's would work better for aerodynamics and weight. I think those would generate enough to cover my commute to work, which is only 2 miles (0.4'ish kWh). My car is usually in the sunlight all day.
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